After losing O.J. Howard for the season, it was Rob Gronkowski who stepped up to fill the void and then some. He started off slow, but returning from a year off and without a full off-season proved to be the main issue for Gronk. He’s not the guy he once was, but dropping from Hall of Famer to “just good” in a strong offense with your old pal Tom Brady throwing you the ball is great in this league right now.
Fantasy Football analysis: Bucs TEs Rob Gronkowski, Cameron Brate
The Buccaneers face the New York Giants on Monday night, who rank 27th in Football Outsiders DVOA against the pass. They have been good against tight ends, but haven’t faced a solid, consistent player at the position all season. And over the last two weeks, they’ve allowed Logan Thomas to post 42 yards and a touchdown and Richard Rodgers to catch six passes for 85 yards. They are susceptible to giving up fantasy points to tight ends even if their overall numbers don’t show it.
Over his last two games, Gronkowski has caught 10-of-16 targets for 140 yards and two touchdowns and that was with Chris Godwin in the mix. If he can see anywhere around the eight targets he’s gotten in each of the last two games, he’s going to get his.
Cameron Brate would need to luck into a touchdown to have any value and he’s only seen two targets over the last two weeks.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Gronkowski with confidence. Sit Brate.